Will this skin be ok?

Do you think I will lose this skin? It's a bit grey, I'm 3 weeks Po tomorrow. It has been grey for a week or two, the vascularity isn't as good as other areas but does turn white and does go back to the normal colour a second or two later. It's come apart a little but seems to be healing up ok.

Melrihani September 15th, 2016 VIC

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    Dr. Raymond Goh

    Raymond Goh

    123 answers

    Plastic Surgeon
    Queensland, Australia

    Hi Melrihani.
    Thanks for posting your photos and questions. 
    Have you had breast reduction, breast lift (mastopexy), or breast implants with a lift (augmentation mastopexy) procedure? This is important to know, as it can indicate different risk factors and healing potential. It seems from the photo that you have a small area of wound dehiscence. This may also represent a little suture abscess. These will usually heal well with simple conservative management through dressings. However, if you have silicone implants in place, an open wound does place an increased risk of infection to the implants, and antibiotic cover should be at least considered.
    You should continue regular follow up with your surgeon to ensure you're progressing ok.
    All the best.
    Dr Ray GohValley Plastic Surgery
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     Robert Drielsma

    Robert Drielsma

    191 answers

    Plastic Surgeon
    New South Wales, Australia

    Thanks for posting your question and photograph.  What type of breast surgery did you have?  You appear to have a small area of wound separation which is very common after breast surgery in the lower pole stitch lines.  This typically occurs when a stitch “pops” through the surface of the skin and causes minor irritation.  While it can often look alarming, it usually resolves quickly without any further intervention.  Its important though that you advise your surgeon as they are in the best position to guide you.  I advise patients in my practice to shower twice daily and dry the breast with a hair dryer on the lowest setting before applying a dressing to keep the area clean and dry.